"Hidden Cameras: A Million-Dollar Peek" - Russ Baker - Columbia Journalism Review

"Hidden Cameras: A Million-Dollar Peek" - Russ Baker - Columbia Journalism Review

by: Russ Baker | publication date: March 1, 1995 | Publication: Columbia Journalism Review | volume: 33 | journal issue: 6 | pages: pp. 15-18

". . .Last summer, a California jury decided the show's use of 'hat-cam' hidden-cameras violated the privacy of the plaintiffs, two men who gave readings, and in what seems to be the first such decision against a newsmagazine show, awarded them more than $1,000,000 in actual and punitive damages. Now the judge is threatening further steps, in a state noted for its tough attitude toward clandestine recording. The case is likely to cast a shadow across the lenses of TV's powerful hidden-camera tools. . ."

ABC's "PrimeTime Live" has violated state privacy laws and has been assessed $1,000,000 for its use of hidden cameras.

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